Saint Brigid 
of Kildare
October 2019
In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Oct 19
St. Brigid of Kildare School Alumni Gathering

Oct 19-20
Women's Club Pumpkin & Bake Sale

Oct 24
A Month of Sundays on a Thursday

Nov 3
Altar Server Training

Nov 13
Holiday Hop

Nov 16-17
Giving Tree Begins

Nov 19
Crucial Conversations: Tackling Anxiety

Nov 20
Financial Peace University Live

Nov 21
Advent by Candlelight

Dec 7
First Reconciliation for 2nd Graders

Dec 8
Giving Tree Gift Return

Dec 14
Cookies with Santa

Dec 17
Advent Taize Prayer

Monsignor Hendricks to Receive Borromean Medal for Distinguished Achievement

Monsignor Hendricks has been chosen to receive the 2019 Borromean Medal for Distinguished Achievement from St. Charles Preparatory School. This honor recognizes his four decades of commitment and selfless service as a priest, spiritual leader, trusted advisor and administrator on behalf of the Diocese of Columbus as Chancellor and Vicar General. He is being recognized for his tireless work on behalf of the marginalized and less-fortunate through his honored work on numerous non-profit boards in the Central Ohio Community such as LifeCare Alliance and the United Way of Central Ohio, and for his strong support on behalf of Catholic education, especially as Pastor of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish.

Monsignor Hendricks will be presented this award on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11:40 a.m. as part of the St. Charles All-Saints Day liturgy commemorating the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo in the school's Robert C. Walter Student Commons. There will be a celebration afterward with a special reception in the Campus Theater's Cavello Center. If you would like to attend this Mass or reception, please RSVP to Lou Fabro at
A Month of Sundays on a Thursday Continues
October 24

So often  we come to Mass on Sunday and we have not had any time to look at the scripture readings.  We might say we are hearing them "cold."  Come join us on Thursday evening, October 24th from 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM in the Carr Room of Hendricks Hall.  We will spend time with the Sunday readings for the month of November.  It is helpful to see them all together to detect patterns and to have a sense of the context of the readings.  There is no fee but if you would call the Parish Office (614-761-3734) to let me know how many to prepare for, it would be very helpful, and I would appreciate your effort in this matter. 

-Sr. Teresa
Letter to a Suffering Church Book Distribution + Email Reflections

I'm sure most of you are aware of the horrific sexual abuse crisis that has haunted our Church, especially in recent months. We all grieve the wicked ways that priests have abused children, seminarians, and other vulnerable people. With these scandals in mind, our parish has decided to share with you a new book by Bishop Robert Barron. The book is titled Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we've ordered a copy of the book for every family in the parish, and I think you'll find it helpful and uplifting. Bishop Barron provides clear insight on the crisis and where we should go from here.

We will be distributing free copies of this book after all of the Masses on October 26-27, or stop by the parish office to claim your copy. We are also providing email and video reflections focusing on one chapter per week for five weeks written by Bishop Barron and his Word on Fire team. 

If you would like to sign up to receive these five email reflections, click here.

Know that we at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish care deeply about helping you navigate these stormy waters. God bless you!
Advent Taize Prayer - December 17
Join us for an Advent  Taize  prayer on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

Take time to join together as a parish family in this beautiful service of music and reflection by candlelight.
SENIORS: Need some help to stay longer in your home?
Do you want to stay at home safely, but need a little help getting to the store, a doctor appointment, or need a ride to Mass? Need assistance organizing your home, reaching light bulbs or smoke detectors, or would just enjoy a friendly visit from a St. Brigid parishioner?
The Older Adults Program, in partnership with Syntero, Inc., a social services agency serving Dublin residents for 40 years, may be just the ticket. Syntero trained volunteers, who are all St. Brigid parishioners, are ready to help you age gracefully at home. They can help you complete medical forms, declutter your home or accompany you to ask questions at a visit to a healthcare professional. Syntero professionals can help with questions, resource referrals and one-on-one appointments about all things related to healthy aging, home resources, mental health counseling, and more. Syntero resources are also available to caregivers to assist them in becoming more effective caregivers, including the need for their own self-care and stress management.
And all of this is NO CHARGE to you. The Syntero Case Manager, Stephanie Jursek, herself a St. Brigid parishioner, can sign you up for this free service.
To get started with the Older Adults Program or ask questions about the services we provide contact parishioners Pete or Susan Corcoran at or 614-832-2762 (Susan) or 614-832-8905 (Pete).
Crucial Conversations: Tackling Anxiety
Anxiety is skyrocketing. How can we help?

The numbers have been rising steadily; between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20%. The rate of hospital admissions for suicidal teenagers has doubled over the past decade. What's causing this rise and how did we get here?

Laura Lewis, Clinical Counselor and Assistant Director of the Suicide Prevention Program at The Ohio State University will explain the recent rise of anxious kids, and share tips to help your child manage and reduce anxiety. The seminar will discuss common anxiety catalysts such as academic pressure and social media, as well as the positive impact of faith, family life and relationships. The evening will begin with prayerful meditation and will end with table talk and time for questions and answers. This presentation is suitable for parents of children of all ages.

Altar Server Training November 3

All students in the fifth grade and older are invited to become Altar Servers for the Weekend and Holy Day Masses!

Our next training session is Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 3:00 - 5:30 PM in the Church. Please register by October 27, 2019, so that we can be prepared to welcome you. Don't worry, walk-ins are welcome to attend.

For more information, you may contact Todd Pepe at

Cookies Needed for Kairos Prison Ministry

We need 1,400 DOZEN cookies (yes, that's right, dozen) and we need YOUR HELP in making cookies for this important ministry. To see what an impact these cookies make, YouTube "Kairos Cookies Save Lives"

Here are the details:
  1. Bake cookies (best are chocolate chip, no powdered or loose sugar, not crumbly) and say a prayer for the residents and volunteers while baking the cookies.
  2. Package the cookies in zip lock baggies, ONE (1) dozen per bag no paper plates just the cookies. (IMPORTANT: PLEASE LET THE COOKIES COMPLETELY COOL BEFORE PLACING IN THE BAGS.) Plastic bags will be available in the bins in the located in the collection closets in Hendricks Hall.
  3. For a really easy way to make the cookies, GFS offers frozen chocolate chip cookie dough in 10 dozen boxes, already formed and ready to bake. (Hint: if you use parchment paper, cleanup is super easy) Mention Kairos at checkout for a discount.
  4. Bring the cookies to the collection bins located in Hendricks Hall collection closet starting October 25th through November 3rd 2019.

Contact Joe Moore if you have any questions: or 614-625-2815

Our RCIA Story: The Piggrem Family
The Piggrem Family

From Brian Piggrem:

Amy and I were married in 2007 at an Episcopalian church in Westerville although we were both raised in other Protestant faiths. We decided relatively early in our marriage that in spite of being grateful for our Christian upbringing, we felt something was seriously lacking in terms of structure and doctrine. The churches we grew up in had changed significantly in our lifetime, and not for the better from our perspective. Unfortunately the Navy world I brought her into included the need to move states away once per year every year on average due to training and deployment requirements. As such, we have been unable to connect with a parish that suited our needs until this point when it came to scheduling the doctrinal classes and experiences we knew would be necessary for conversion. When we moved to Dublin last year we quickly discovered everything the St. Brigid of Kildare school had to offer, and we were able to enroll our youngest daughter, Scarlett, for the fall 2018 academic year. Both the school and the parish community helped cushion the impact and challenges that a move from Virginia (especially with me deployed to parts unknown through the Navy) bring with it. Shortly after Scarlett began schooling, we enrolled our older daughter Kady in the religious education program and that gave her a new community of young people to meet and create friendships. St. Brigid was so accommodating that in spite of my absence, Amy broached the subject of conversion classes with the staff and after some correspondence we received approval to move forward even though for me it was in absentia. Deacon Paul Zemanek was instrumental in communicating expectations but also the importance of what I could and should do and why from my deployed location. Upon my return from deployment I was able to join in the necessary classes seamlessly, and the result was that both Amy and I grew together immensely from the entire experience and in particular during the final weeks of the season of Lent. We are all very proud to be members of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish and we look forward to the upcoming new academic year, in which both of our daughters will be attending school and we as a family will continue to grow in our Catholic faith.
Ministry Weekend THANK YOU!

We want to thank the many volunteers that made St. Brigid of Kildare's Ministry Weekend a huge success. Our committee members helped parishioners identify their gifts and what committees and ministries they can join that will help them serve our parish community. We are so grateful for all the parishioners that choose to give so generously of their talents!

To get involved, please return a volunteer commitment card or use the " Guide to Parish Life" to contact the committees you are interested in being involved. We would not be the vibrant parish we are today without you.
Financial Peace University Livestream
November 20, 6:30 PM

Have you been wondering what Financial Peace University is all about? Have you ever heard Dave Ramsey on the radio talking getting out of debt and living "like no one else"? Wanted to sign up for the 9-week course but just can't commit to that kind of time? Well, you are in luck!

Dave Ramsey and his team are presenting a one-time only event that covers the baby steps that have led thousands of people out of debt and into financial peace and wealth. This scriptural-based program will transform your thinking about money and empower you to live the way you want to live. It is for everyone, young and old!

Sign up on the Parish website to join us in Hendricks Hall on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-9:30 pm. It is free and refreshments will be provided.

If you prefer to watch at home with your family, visit Dave Ramsey's website and sign up to host!

Use this link to register to attend for FREE.
Donate to Box of Joy!

Each year, Catholics unite through the Box of Joy ministry to send Christmas gifts to children in developing countries. For many poor children, a Box of Joy - filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, a rosary and the Story of Jesus - was the first Christmas gift they ever received.

The Box of Joy ministry provides teachers, parish leaders and other Catholic groups a unique opportunity for students, parishioners and group members to participate in a simple and tangible service experience that has both a material and spiritual impact on the poorest of the poor in developing countries.

Box of Joy is a way to demonstrate Christ's compassion to poor children in developing countries. When ministries in the U.S. pack Boxes of Joy for children in poverty, it teaches generosity, thankfulness and cultivates a servant's heart.

Through this experience, our parish youth will gain a greater awareness of poverty and have the opportunity to take action, but we cannot pack the boxes without your generous donations!

Sign up to donate gifts to Box of Joy here:  
Family First - Mom 2 Mom 

Join Mom to Mom/Family First on October 29th 9:30 to 11 am at Hendricks Hall for SoulCore and a presentation on the Blessed Mother with Lori Crock. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat and water bottle.

SoulCore is a prayer experience that pairs core strengthening, stretching and functional movement with the prayers of the Rosary; a sensory experience that combines candlelight, music, scripture, reflections and movement to nourish body, mind, and soul and encourage deeper meditation on the mysteries and virtues of the Rosary. You do not need to know the Rosary prayers or bring your Rosary.

If you're bringing your children please sign up for childcare on the Sign Up Genius on the Family First website: Please contact Gretchen O'Reilly at or Erin Heise at with any questions.

Speaker at OSU
Jason Evert, one of the primary contributors to last year's Mom to Mom series  YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, will be presenting Dating 101 at OSU on Oct 28.  The intended audience is upper high school and college students, so tell your children of that age!  Cost is free and includes free food, but register at this link.
Little Rock Scripture Study - Fall 2019

The Little Rock Scripture Study gets together on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Carr Nursery room. We'll be doing three short studies this fall:
  • New Beginnings
  • Sacred Scripture and the Mysteries of the Rosary
  • The Infancy Narratives of Jesus

Consider joining one or all studies. We'd love to have you!
Questions? Please contact Teresa Salmeron 614-929-4413 |

Holiday Hop Shopping Extravaganza

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Hendricks Hall

All are invited to shop and kick-off the holiday season. Please bring your family and friends. Wine and light refreshments available.

Sponsored by St. Brigid Women's Club
Corks for a Cause 2020: Volunteer Sign Up

The annual SPiCE Corks for a Cause silent auction and wine tasting will take place Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7 PM in Hendricks Hall.

Committee meetings will begin in late November or early December. There are a variety of ways to help, including e vent chair / co-chairs, a uction (oversee the procurement of auction items), r ecruit sponsorship, d ecor & ambiance, d essert bar, s pecial attractions, and week of preping and decorating the space. 

You don't have to commit to any tasks right now -- if you're interested in just learning more about the opportunities available to help click here to sign up to be on the email list.
Advent By Candlelight - Registration Open

Treat yourself to a night out to prepare your heart, mind and sprit for the Advent and Christmas seasons! Imagine a candlelit room, beautifully decorated tables, desserts and wine shared with friends. Then listen to a prayerful reflection on Advent by our speaker, Annie Deddens.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Hendricks Hall

Registration is first-come, first-serve and opened today.

Registration for the Annual Women's Retreat Opens Soon!

This year's Women's Retreat, themed "I Fear Nothing, for God Is with Me!" will be held January 24-26, 2020 from Friday at 5:30 pm until noon on Sunday.

Keynote speakers Alyssa Grace and Father Sizemore will encourage us to trust in the Lord in the midst of difficulties and fruits that can blossom from those times in our lives. Women will have the opportunity for fellowship, prayer, rest, and to attend mass, adoration, and confession. The cost of the retreat is $145, which includes food and lodging at the St. Therese Retreat Center in Columbus. Registration opens November 11 online on the parish website. Admission to the retreat is first come, first serve, and is open to 50 women. 

For answers to frequently asked questions,
Women's Club Pumpkin & Bake Sale - This Weekend

St. Brigid Women's Club's Annual Pumpkin & Bake Sale fundraiser is this weekend following all Masses. 

Purchase your fall pumpkins and baked goods after all Masses. There is a variety to choose from!
High School Youth Ministry Kick-Off

Free food, group games, and the Ephesians bible study continues from 7-8:30 PM in Enke Hall on Thursdays. Bring your bible. We can't wait to see you!
October 17: Pursuing Holiness
October 24: Strength in Christ

Mark your calendar to volunteer at the Box of Joy service event on Nov. 10! Box of Joy is an EPIC middle school youth ministry event. Volunteer and help make the Box of Joy event a success! Box of Joy is at St. Brigid of Kildare from 12:15 Mass - 5:30 PM on Sunday, November 10. Sign up to volunteer here: 

Can't volunteer but want to help? Donate gifts to our Box of Joy event:

Laura Ginikos | Director of Youth Ministry | | 614-718-5832
EPIC Middle School Youth Group

Saint Brigid of Kildare's Middle School Youth Group is designed for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from St. Brigid School, Grizzell, Karrer, Sells, and other local area schools. Middle School Youth Ministry meets for worship, fellowship, and service throughout the academic year.

The November EPIC event is the Box of Joy service event on Sunday, November 10 from 12:15-5:30 PM! Box of Joy is a way to demonstrate Christ's compassion to poor children in developing countries. When ministries pack Boxes of Joy for children in poverty, it teaches generosity, thankfulness and cultivates a servant's heart. Through this experience, our parish youth will gain a greater awareness of poverty and have the opportunity to take action.

RSVP beyond the annual EPIC registration form is required for this EPIC event.

Click here to RSVP for the Box of Joy event. The RSVP deadline is November 1 and there is a $10/ participant fee associated with this event to support the cost of purchasing and shipping boxes.

If cost is a concern, please contact coordinators Laura Ginikos and/ or Andrea Komenda. We do not want cost to limit youth participation.

EPIC co-coordinators: Laura Ginikos ( and Andrea Komenda (
Saint Brigid of Kildare School Alumni Gathering at PINS Dublin

We will be holding an alumni gathering for our Saint Brigid of Kildare School alumni age 21+ at PINS Dublin on Saturday, October 19 from 3-5 PM.

Please help spread the word to your friends (or children) who might have/be a graduate of our school age 21 or older!

Basketball Registration Continues!

Registration is open for basketball for grades 4 through 8, boys and girls, and lil hounds basketball for grades 2-3.

Registration deadline is October 20, so register today!

Young Adult Ministry

Monday, October 28: Potluck & Book Group Gathering at 7 PM in the Massey Room. Bring a dish to share & come having read Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 Cents at a Time by Jane Knuth.

Tuesday, October 29: Prepared for True Love event from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Bryce Eck Center (3880 Reed Rd, Columbus). Regardless of your relationship status, go to this event for desserts and to learn how you can build your relationships on solid ground. The event will feature a witness from a couple about their experience in dating and marriage and the opportunity for Q&A with the couple, a priest, and a marriage counselor.

Monday, November 4: Volunteer at the Welcome Warehouse from 7-8:30 PM to sort, organize & package clothing & household donations at the Storage Warehouse in Dublin. Email Laura Ginikos if you plan to help.

Laura Ginikos | Director of Young Adult Ministry | | 614-718-5832
Walking With Purpose Live
St. Joan of Arc Church

WWP Live is coming to the Columbus, Ohio area November 5-6, and registration is now open! Our Founder and Chief Purpose Officer, Lisa Brenninkmeyer, will touch your heart with her all-new talk:

Hallelujah Anyway:
Discovering Good Despite Anxiety

Celebrating the Sacraments
Click here to view photos of families celebrating the Sacraments at St. Brigid of Kildare.
Baptism of Ruby Kay Yetzer (wearing her Great-Great-Grandmother's 131 year old baptismal gown!)
Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Baptism at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish since our last issue:

Abigail Jean Andrews
Aiden Andrew Clapper
Benjamin Louis Coratola
Dyamand Doan
Bailey Mae Hogan
Leo Anthony Hogan
Briella Lynn Kleinhenz
Cadel Andrew Kleinhenz
Rosemary Brigid Matthews
Alessia Lia Nakamura
Alberto Jose Revelo-Aranguren
Luka Robert Crnkovich Schatz    
Charles Warren Shepherd
Johnathan Corbett Wellman

Congratulations to the following parishioners who celebrated a Wedding at Saint Brigid of Kildare Parish in the last month:
  • Allison Kessler & Tony Falcone
  • Taylor Smith & Nic Farac
  • Kaylee Taylor & Andrew Dusing
  • Lori Hage & Evan Rotar
  • Jana Tennent & Thomas Miles
  • Terri Finissi & Garrison Nauman
  • Mindy Hurley & Brandon Markey
Share your photo of your Baptism or Wedding celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare -- email to
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